A chiropractor is often thought of as a must-go for adults, not for children. However, recent research points to the benefits that maintaining a healthy spine and body can have for even the youngest of patients. A growing trend is emerging that is seeing the nation’s chiropractic offices flooded with infants. You read that correctly – infants! Babies, as young as four weeks old, have been known to receive regular adjustments to help alleviate feeding problems.
Many common childhood ailments have been found to be reduced and/or managed by having regular chiropractic visits. In fact, one mother cited that after receiving an adjustment her newborn was better able to feed, and cried significantly less throughout the day. It is suggested that misalignment, in infants and young children, can cause various symptoms that may affect feeding, the quality of sleep, immunity, neurological development, and their overall daily comfort.
But, buyer beware…not every chiropractic office may be suited to accept the littlest of patients. When choosing the right chiropractor to perform adjustments on your child, you want to be sure to ask about their previous experience with children and what procedures/adjusting techniques they might perform. The key is to make sure the office is welcoming and will be an overall pleasant experience for you and your child.
It is important to also note the difference in an adult adjustment and one that an infant may receive. The amount of pressure applied to their growing bones is very light. Due to children not having a lot of cartilage, adjustments are gentle and low to zero force.
The experienced doctors at Corrective Chiropractic cite these important benefits babies and young children receive from consistent visits.
Nervous System Support
A misalignment in the spine can quickly compromise the nerves connected to your baby’s organs. This can increase stress, pressure and discomfort for your child, who is often too young to verbalize and/or describe their pain. And, in many cases, a pediatrician may prescribe medication or dietary changes to manage the discomfort without being able to truly pinpoint the underlying cause. A chiropractic adjustment can serve to take the unnecessary pressure and stress off of the nerves and allow your baby’s body to grow properly.
Increased Overall Comfort
When it comes to treating chronic alignments in young children, doctors often encourage parents to administer medications. Though the medicines may reduce the symptoms temporarily, the symptoms may also get worse or occur more often. Instead, seeking chiropractic care can be a natural and less invasive way to manage the following:
Improved Home Experience
Raising children is a full-time and very stressful job – as is – not to mention adding in a crying baby who cannot get comfortable. Relieving the added stress placed on your growing baby’s body can be a great way to reduce some of the fussiness your baby may be exhibiting. Many families comment on how relaxed and “at peace” their young children are after an adjustment. Being able to allow the body to grow and develop correctly without introducing added physical stress may be just what you need to ensure that your baby is happy and healthy.
If you’re considering an adjustment for your young child, there are pediatric trained doctors at Corrective Chiropractic. Please contact the office to schedule a pediatric exam and consultation. We’ll walk you through the entire process and answer any questions you may have. Give us a call today at 404-355-5499
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